Next-Gen Supply Chain Management

Talking Logistics

Major transformational change in supply chain and logistics is not a frequent occurrence, but it has happened with regularity throughout history: The advent of the steam engine and the related rise of railway and steamship lines. And now, the new-age supply chain will take the next leap forward through integrated technology-enabled solutions. Transportation now accounts for about 63% of total supply chain cost, so it is vital to get right.

Supply Chain and Logistics Conferences to Attend in 2019

Talking Logistics

Editor’s Note: This is one of the most popular posts we publish every year: our list of supply chain and logistics events to attend in the coming year. Many of the leading ERP and supply chain software vendors have customer events in various countries around the world.; Supply chain professionals often cite peer-to-peer learning and networking as the most valuable investment of time and money. Takeaways from the IBM Watson Supply Chain Summit.

Mobile Collaboration - Supply Chain Planning at Your Fingertips


I “enjoyed” a rather turbulent ride on a recent flight into Denver International Airport the other day. These devices are with them 24/7, they are familiar and always on (much like today’s supply chains). Easy access to the status of supply chain operations.

What is Supply Chain Compliance and Why is it Important?


The great news about supply chain compliance is that AB&R® makes it a breeze. Supply chain compliance may include things such as employee labor laws, hazardous material handling, and environmental concerns. Labels and Supplies.

A Budding Industry: Recreational Marijuana is California's Newest Supply Chain


What kind of supply chain re-organization is needed to turn an illicit patchwork of growers and dealers ( it’s estimated that fewer than 1% of current marijuana sales in California are legal ) into a legitimate business that looks like a traditional consumer industry? Building a Supply Chain to Support a Rapidly Growing Industry. Colorado’s model had a missing link in its supply chain that, in California, will likely be filled by independent distributors.

A Budding Industry: Recreational Marijuana is California's Newest Supply Chain


What kind of supply chain re-organization is needed to turn an illicit patchwork of growers and dealers ( it’s estimated that fewer than 1% of current marijuana sales in California are legal ) into a legitimate business that looks like a traditional consumer industry? Building a Supply Chain to Support a Rapidly Growing Industry. Colorado’s model had a missing link in its supply chain that, in California, will likely be filled by independent distributors.

Top Digital Supply Chain Cities in the U.S.

Material Handling & Logistics

A look at the supply chain readiness of several major U.S. Deloitte Consulting and the Metro Atlanta Chamber have teamed up to analyze how seven large metropolitan areas of the United States are transforming their traditional supply chain base into digital supply chains.

The Big Game & Supply Chain Planning

Blue Ridge

Whether you were pulling for the Panthers or betting on the Broncos, I wonder if you were drawing any analogies to supply chain planning? Wade Phillips and the Denver defense did well to understand and shut down the strengths of the Carolina offense.

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30 Supply Chain Leaders Under 30—Class of 2018

Material Handling & Logistics

An up-close look at the the young people who embody the best traits of the new Supply Chain Generation. While the ratio of male-to-female managers in the supply chain field has hovered around 9:1 for an uncomfortably long time, that trend may slowly but finally be changing.

Marijuana Goes Mainstream: The Dynamic Supply Chain(s) of a Budding Industry


What kind of supply chain re-organization is needed to turn an illicit patchwork of growers and dealers ( before January it was estimated that fewer than 1% of marijuana sales in California are legal ) into a mainstream consumer industry? Building a Supply Chain to Support a Rapidly Growing Industry. Because recreational marijuana sales are unprecedented in California, the legal supply chain through which product will reach customers is also still being figured out.

3 Key Complexities You Must Address in Your Supply Chain in 2014 – Part I

Supply Chain Nation

As part of our Expert Insight series, Supply Chain Nation recently sat down with Gordon Wade, chief executive officer and director of best practices for the Category Management Association. In Part I of our conversation with Gordon, he discuss the key markets shifts that are increasing complexity in the supply chain – and that retailers and manufacturers must address in 2014. SCN: How does this pressure of individualization affect the supply chain?

SCM Best Paper Award Winners 2013 (1/2)

SCM Research

This year’s CSCMP Annual Global Conference took place in Denver, Colorado. It has become a good tradition that some of the leading journals of our field announce their best paper awards during the CSCMP’s Supply Chain Management Educators’ Conference, the academic part of the CSCMP Conference ( see my previous post from Atlanta last year ). Durach for sending me these entries from Denver. Research Article Award Conference Supply Chain Management

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Sports Authority: Another Not-So-Great Moment in Supplier Relationship Management

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Last week, Sports Authority — which filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this month — sued more than 160 suppliers over “vendor claims to consigned goods on the shelves of the distressed retail chain, which has already begun liquidating 140 stores and has little time to save the rest in bankruptcy.” As reported in The Denver Post : The suits are designed to determine who gets the money when consigned goods are sold, vendors or the banks.

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SCM Best Paper Award Winners 2014

SCM Research

As every year ( see my previous post from Denver last year ), several leading supply chain management journals have used this forum to present their best paper awards. Fearon Best Paper Award, Journal of Supply Chain Management), and Dixon & Verma (Journal of Operations Management). Journal of Supply Chain Management, 49 (3), 42-65 DOI: 10.1111/jscm.12011. Research Article Award Conference Supply Chain Management

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Social Networking, TMS, and Mega Trends: My CSCMP Conference Agenda

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Are you attending the CSCMP Annual Global Conference later this month in Denver? It’s is one of the best conferences in the supply chain and logistics industry to learn and network. Below are the sessions that I am participating in focused on social networking, transportation management systems, and “mega” supply chain trends. A Pulse on Social Networking for Supply Chain Management. See you in Denver soon!

Severe weather causes freight rates to slip

DAT Solutions

A huge snowstorm in Denver last week closed three interstate highways: I-25, I-70 and I-76. Road closures isolated Denver from parts of the supply chain last week. Denver to Albuquerque, NM increased to $2.07/mi.

LeanCor Executives to Present at CSCMP Conference


LeanCor executives – Robert Martichenko (CEO), Roger Pearce (VP of Lean Deployment), and Matt Melrose (VP of Operations) – will be presenting and speaking on panels at the 2013 Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) annual conference in Denver, Colorado next week.

How to Move Forward with Reverse Logistics

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The same goes for many planned and well-organized supply chain processes – they carry with them the threat of unplanned and unintended events, especially when moving product from the point of origin to its final destination.

Van freight stabilizes in early October

DAT Solutions

You’d expect this season to be more different from early October 2017, when Hurricanes Harvey and Irma still had a massive impact on supply chain operations. Here are two lanes worth noting: Denver to Oklahoma City jumped 12¢ to a not-so-hot $1.43/mile.

INFOCUS Recap: Ready to Embrace Digital Business? Start Now.


Begin with digitizing a process that is currently paper-based to improve supply chain visibility with real-time information in your team’s hands. It’s a journey that can start with small steps, addressing immediate issues within a narrow scope, and build into a digital transformation that could encompass the supply chain. By bringing suppliers and customers into the fold, businesses can reach new levels of visibility and collaboration in their supply networks.

Spot market settles after Hurricane Florence

DAT Solutions

There wasn’t a cascading effect across the supply chain like what we saw last year. Second, the area affected didn’t require the massive rerouting of supply chains like what we saw last year.

Spot Market Freight Rates Soar After Hurricane Harvey

DAT Solutions

Outbound volumes from Houston also fell 73%, but the rearrangement of supply chains, the difficulty of shipping in the flooded region, and increased seasonal demand in other parts of the country combined to create pockets of tight capacity that put extra pressure on truckload rates.

Tens of Thousands of New Jobs, and One Worry: Robots

Supply Chain Nation

Friday in 5 – interesting news bits from around the supply chain horn, served up in one spot to keep you up to date. It was only for residents of Minneapolis, Denver, Houston, San Diego and St. The real problem with the previous merger plan had to do with SPLS’ business of supplying goods to businesses, not normal customers. Supply Chain Amazon friday in 5 robots

Using Artificial Intelligence to Improve the Shipper / Carrier Experience with Erik Malin

The Logistics of Logistics

Erik has been a guest speaker for multiple companies and conferences, including the Denver Transportation Club, Landstar and most recently the 3PL & Supply Chain Summit: Atlanta. download the audio file. [00:21] 00:21] Opening / Introduction. [01:04]

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Van freight gears up for the holidays

DAT Solutions

On the other end of the supply chain, Atlanta volumes also rose 13% and rates are stabilizing in that market. Los Angeles to Denver also increased 14¢ to $3.21/mile. The West Coast continued to drive spot market demand last week. Load-to-truck ratios in Los Angeles hit 12.2

Toyota Consolidating Operations in Texas

Operations and Supply Chain Management

Toyota narrowed its preferred locations to Denver, Atlanta and Charlotte, N.C., Location Manufacturing Supply Chain Strategy ToyotaDiscussion Questions: Carefully read the following article. What Toyota positions are being moved to Texas? Why is Toyota making this change?

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West Coast Heats Up for Van Freight

DAT Solutions

Back then, it was a series of winter storms that disrupted supply chains and pushed load-to-truck ratios unusually high for several months. So far, the national averages for spot market rates in October are the highest they've been since the Snowpocalypse of 2014.

Activant Anticipates More Virtual Collaboration in B2B Distribution

Supply Chain Network

” Moore stated, “The new global value chain is based on relationship management: coordinating, collaborating and communicating to expedite and troubleshoot orders across an ecosystem of suppliers and channel partners. According to James Davis, president of Industrial Specialties Manufacturing of Denver, Colo., “We found Summit very informative, the presenters well prepared, and the content relevant to our current business needs. Activant Solutions Inc.,

Meet our Spring additions


She has dual degrees in Sociology and European History from the University of Denver, and hails from New Orleans, LA. The Alloy team continues to grow quickly, and this month, we’re excited to highlight two of our newest employees?—?Tom Tom Jones and Adrienne Alterman.

This Week in Logistics News (December 5-9, 2016)

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Back here on Earth, this week’s supply chain and logistics news… Nikola One Hydrogen-Electric Truck Revealed. Energy will be supplied on-the-go by a hydrogen fuel cell giving the Nikola One a range of 800 – 1,200 miles while delivering over 1,000 horsepower and 2,000 ft.

Rates and Demand Are Still High for Refrigerated Freight

DAT Solutions

Those, combined with the supply chain disruptions caused by the hurricanes, have led to tight capacity in southern Idaho, and outbound rates continue to climb out of Twin Falls. Sacramento to Denver gained 29¢ at $2.55/mile.

Spot Market Van Rates Soared in September

DAT Solutions

Meantime, rates and volumes are starting to come back down to normal in the Southeast, but supply chains throughout the rest of the country are still feeling the ripple effects, as evidenced by all the dark red in the Hot States Map below.

2 Signs That the Freight Recession Really Is Over

DAT Solutions

That was back when demand for trucks skyrocketed because extreme winter weather caused massive disruption to supply chains. The lane from Sacramento to Denver paid 24¢ better on average, at $2.63/mile.

Top 10 Cities for eCommerce Fulfillment


Denver, Colorado. Indianapolis, Indiana: Indianapolis is a staple in supply chain operations because of its central location and proximity to Chicago. Winning eCommerce customers means fast, affordable delivery—for both you and your customers.

This Week in Logistics News (October 14-18, 2013)

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Sounds like a typical day in supply chain and logistics to me. Simply put, retailers and others are taking a fresh look at their supply chain networks (and those of their partners) to better balance inventory and transportation costs with service levels that are becoming more stringent. Finally, if you’re attending the CSCMP Annual Global Conference in Denver next week, please stop by the sessions I am participating in and say hello.

This Week in Logistics News (May 30 – June 3, 2016)

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Now, on to this week’s supply chain and logistics news… Wal-Mart says it is 6-9 months from using drones to check warehouse inventory (Reuters). What was your first concert? Mine was UB40 my freshman year at Cornell, followed by Tracy Chapman a few months later.